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Somebody Up There Likes Me

Bob Byington's imaginative indie comedy recalls some of Richard Lester's 60s films (The Knack . . . And How to Get It; How I Won the War) in its freewheeling narrative structure and cartoonish sight gags, though the humor is more often peculiar than laugh-out-loud funny. An apathetic slacker drifts in and out of marriage and between poverty and worldly success, so stubbornly self-regarding through it all that he doesn't even appear to age throughout the 25-year story line. As in Steven Soderbergh's Lester-inspired Schizopolis (1996), the arch comedy covers up anxieties about aging, marriage, and professional failure. With Keith Poulson, Nick Offerman, Jess Weixler, and cameos from writer-directors Andrew Bujalski (Beeswax) and Alex Ross Perry (The Color Wheel).

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